In the coming weeks, we will be presenting each of these top level categories in further detail. Have any questions about these categories or feel that there's a high level category that we missed, please let us know.
I have written a blog post explaining the rationale if you are interested.
I write a little poetry and articles on issues as they relate to the environment/nature but cannot see anything that is actually applicable here....so maybe you could think about adding this category to your lists......cheers and thanks
Hi Larry I am looking forward to seeing the new development, great Idea; you could also add a humor category as alot of hubs are written with the intention of having a laugh and a joke, take care.....jimmy
Yes definitely Humor like Jimmy said. And Crafts, I bet quite a few people would be looking there for handy work which sometimes is or isn't included under the arts umbrella. Great idea once again Hubteam. regards Zsuzsy
Would you have a category for everything else that doesn't fit a specific category? I found it difficult fitting some of my articles in Helium for example, simply because I wasn't sure about categories.
LG, there are a few places that Chakras, kundalini, Reiki and such topics would fit, but would likely be best placed under Health, as they're subjects within the realm of alternative medicine like Fawntia said. Color therapy is, by definition, a form of alternative medicine, so putting it and topics like it under that heading would work well.
I like the category idea, Larry, Fawntia. I think, too, that this list looks great as far as top-tier categories go.
I strongly suggest an "environment" category. ANd/or a sustainablity category. These are the hot topics of the coming year's decades. And hey, everything else on the list depends on what we do or don't do to our environment. Cheers!
I see that you have plans for a Birthdays and Holidays category. Many event planning articles would of course fall into this category -- but hubs about reunions, christenings, anniversaries, graduation ceremonies, weddings and more would not fit so easily into this category. Broadening the category to call it Event Planning -- or perhaps just Events -- might work a bit better.
In addition, some writers may prefer to use the Birthdays and Holidays category to write about origins, traditions, alternatives, etc, rather than offering standard event planning tips. Calling the category Events might work better for this purpose.
There is a great deal of public interest in event planning, and people are becoming increasingly likely to search online for advice when planning any sort of party or celebration. Sites geared toward answering event planning questions receive tons of traffic. Many hubbers are already contributing hubs with event planning advice, so this may be a category worth considering.
By the way, I think adding categories is a great idea -- but I can certainly appreciate that it will be a daunting task, much trickier than most of us can imagine. Thank you for tackling it -- and good luck!
1. Photo Gallery Category is needed - This is a good opportunity to give a separate Category to Photo Gallery Hubbers - This will avoid photo hubs getting mixed up with articles. This was the greatest demand by hubbers in this site. I hope this step will make everyone happy.
2. Product Reviews - It is better to make it a top level category as more people now a days depend on reviews before buying a product or before doing anything.
3. The category "Home & Family" will be better if named "Real Estate & Home"
4. The category "Gender & Relationships " will be better if named "Relationships & Family"
I agree a "categories" feature would, along with the tags, be an improvement. Many of the hubs I've written could fit into a variety of categories, but often like a square peg in a round hole. For that reason, I would like to see a category used by at least one other social Website I know -- that would be "pure opinion." It's a kind of catch-all like "Odds & Ends" or "Everything Else," but I think more definitive.
Larry, I think the categories are just fine to start out with. Everything that has been suggested in this thread is actually covered by the top levels you've proposed. What people keep suggesting is really just drilling down to specifics.
What about leadership/personal development? And if someone wrote a hub on say, autism or cancer or the like, what category would that fit in? I kind of like the idea of a "How to" category. I know each individual "how to" hub can fit into one of these categories, but what if I wanted to just browse them all to see what I could learn?
In America, many holidays celebrate someone's birthday. In the US, Martin Luther King's Birthday is a national holiday and we also celebrate President's Day which occurs in the same month as the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, February.
In the US, people are often given floating holidays known as personal days as part of their benefits at work. These can be for religious holidays not covered by the company calendar or for birthdays.
Remember guys, this is going to be a three-tier system, so for example:
Food would be the top tier category, and then under that you would have Recipes and then under that you could have Vegetarian, Low Fat, etc.. Top tier categories should be VERY broad, VERY recognizeable and not seriously limiting. Let the second tier narrow things down a little more, and then the third tier narrow even more.
You guys would know best about it, too, since you have access to data from every single hub written so far (even the unpublished ones half-done) and I'm sure whatever you guys come up with will be fantastic!
Thank you for all the hard work you folks put in, even if I am jealous of the location your offices are at!
I'm looking forward to getting a Games, Toys and Hobbies category! I've been writing in that vein since I started (along with science, tech, and other nerdly/geeky things etc.) and I've had to put all those hubs in entertainment, which is broad and awfully vague.
I'm with Misha, Law, or Law & Order perhaps under the Politics and Social Issues unbrella. Perhaps a category called From the Heart with a sub category of Life/Personal Stories. Under Home and Family umbrella, a sub category of Decorating/Decorating How-tos and maybe Family Vacations. Instead of Birthdays and Holidays, perhaps Astrology and Birthdays?
It was all fine, except when the article you wanted to publish didn't fit anywhere or at least not anywhere that was great for the work's exposure. When that was the case, you had to email Helium with a new category to see if they would approve it and wait for an answer.
I don't know if that's changed or not, haven't been there for awhile, but am wondering if it will create extra work for the team. Also, not being able to write and submit for an extra hour/day while waiting for the answer was frustrating.
I am really happy that hubpages is finally starting on adding categories. Its the one thing that I felt hubpages was lacking. Yes tags are fine, but sometimes you just want to look at hubs by categories. Thank You
Just wanted to tell you how impressed I am with the categories you came up with. I've had a few hubs where I've though to myself "No way will they have a category for this hub to fit into." And then, sure enough, you do.